The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers (CM) by various States [Public Political Party vs Union of India]..A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud with Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra stated that the designation of a Deputy CM does not breach the constitutional position that a Chief Minister must be elected to the legislative assembly."The petitioner files Article 32 plea to challenge appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers in States. He contends that no such office is there as per the Constitution. A Deputy CM is first and foremost is a minister in the government of the states. The designation of Deputy CM does not breach the constitutional position that a CM must be elected to the legislative assembly. Thus, this plea lacks substance and is thus dismissed," the order said..The petition by Public Political Party contended that Deputy CM appointments are mostly on the basis of religion and other such considerations which is violative of Article 14 (the right to equality before the law).Further, no such office is provided for in the Constitution, it was submitted.The top court, however, refused to entertain the matter..A Deputy Chief Minister is a member of the State government and usually the second-highest ranking executive officer in the Council of ministers, with no specific powers.Fourteen of the twenty-eight States currently have deputy CMs.